Garfield County, Colorado


Garfield County, Colorado

Infobox U.S. County
county = Garfield County
state = Colorado


founded year = 1883
founded date = February 10
seat wl = Glenwood Springs
largest city wl = Glenwood Springs
area_total_sq_mi = 2956
area_total_km2 = 7655
area_land_sq_mi = 2947
area_land_km2 = 7633
area_water_sq_mi = 9
area_water_km2 = 23
area percentage = 0.29%
census yr = 2000
pop = 43791
density_sq_mi = 15
density_km2 = 6
time zone = Mountain
UTC offset = -7
DST offset = -6
footnotes =
Twelfth most populous Colorado county

web = www.garfield-county.com
named for = U.S. President James A. Garfield

Garfield County is the eighth most extensive and the twelfth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 43,791 at U.S. Census 2000.cite web | url = http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/files/CO-EST2006-ALLDATA.csv | title = Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata) | format = CSV | work = 2006 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau, Population Division | date = 2007-03-22 | accessdate = 2007-05-10] The county is named in honor of United States President James A. Garfield. The county seat is Glenwood Springs.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,956 square miles (7,655 km²), of which, 2,947 square miles (7,633 km²) of it is land and 9 square miles (23 km²) of it (0.29%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Rio Blanco County, Colorado - north
*Routt County, Colorado - northeast
*Eagle County, Colorado - east
*Pitkin County, Colorado - southeast
*Mesa County, Colorado - south
*Grand County, Utah - southwest
*Uintah County, Utah - northwest

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 43,791 people, 16,229 households, and 11,279 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 17,336 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.96% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.53% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. 16.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,229 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 33.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 105.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,016, and the median income for a family was $53,840. Males had a median income of $37,554 versus $27,280 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,341. About 4.60% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

*Battlement Mesa
*Carbondale
*Glenwood Springs
*New Castle
*Parachute
*Rifle
*Silt

Protected areas

*Flat Tops Wilderness
*Grand Mesa National Forest
*Harvey Gap State Park
*Rifle Falls State Park
*Rifle Gap State Park
*Routt National Forest
*White River National Forest

cenic byways

*Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
*Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway
*West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

ee also

*Colorado census statistical areas
*Colorado counties
*Colorado municipalities

References

External links

* [http://www.garfield-county.com/ Garfield County Government website]
* [http://www.city-data.com/county/Garfield_County-CO.html Garfield County Statistical Data]
* [http://www.stanwyck.com/cogenweb/cocounties.html Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck]
* [http://www.coloradohistory.org/ Colorado Historical Society]


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